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Juventus set to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in £105 million deal

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Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to complete a reported £105 million move from Real Madrid to Italian champions Juventus.

Rumours of a potential deal for 33-year-old Ronaldo to end his stay in Madrid and move to Turin first surfaced last month, although there had been talk that the forward was unhappy in Spain and looking to move away for some time.

It is understood that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli met Ronaldo in Greece, where he is on holiday, to finalise the deal.

Real did have a release clause of euro1 billion for Ronaldo, but have indicated that they are prepared to waive it. Sky Sports News report that the deal is worth £105 million.

Ronaldo has been at Real for 9 seasons, having signed for them from Manchester United in a then world record £80 million deal. In that time, he was won 4 Champions League titles, two La Ligas and two Copa del Reys and become Los Blancos’ record goalscorer, netting 451 goals. He has also won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best footballer 5 times.

The deal is the biggest in Juventus’ history, eclipsing the £75.3 million they paid for Gonzalo Higuain.

A club statement released by Madrid said: “For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of our great symbols.

“Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.

“Real Madrid will always be your home.”

Should this deal be completed, then it would seem to make it more likely that Real will bid to bring Neymar to the club from Paris St-Germain. This deal has been rumoured for some time, but Ronaldo’s exit will free up finances and Real’s president Florentino Perez will want to make a statement signing to make up for the departure of a club legend.

Andres Iniesta announces international retirement

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Spain legend Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement from international football following Spain’s exit from the World Cup.

Iniesta made his 131st and last appearance in a Spain shirt as the side lost on penalties to Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Iniesta’s announcement doesn’t come as a surprise as the 34-year-old is leaving Barcelona to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe this summer.

“It is a reality that is my last match with the national team,” he said after the match.

Spain’s defeat brought a downbeat end to an outstanding career at international level. After making his debut in 2006, Iniesta helped Spain win Euro 2008 and 2012, and scored the winner in the 2010 World Cup final.

He has also had a stellar career at club level with Barcelona, winning numerous Champions League and La Liga titles.

An emotional Iniesta concluded: “Sometimes the endings are not as one dreams. This is the saddest day of my career.”

All the factz on England v Belgium and Panama v Tunisia in Group G, including which TV channel its on

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Group G has only the final positions to settle: England and Belgium are both going for top spot, while Panama will want to overcome Tunisia and avoid the wooden spoon. The matches kick off at 7pm BST and England’s match is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

England v Belgium

• Both sides have already qualified – who ever does better will top the group. In the event of a draw, it could come down to which side has the fewer bookings.
• England haven’t lost to Belgium in their last 11 meetings.
• England have only scored more than the 8 goals they have already netted at one previous World Cup, in 1966. And we all know what happened there.
• Belgium won their opening 2 matches by 3 clear goals – no side has ever done this in 3 consecutive matches.
• Belgium are unbeaten in their last 11 group games in the World Cup – and have won their last 5.

Panama v Tunisia

• Both sides are out; the winner will finish third. If it is a draw, Tunisia will finish 3rd on goal difference.
• This is the first meeting between the sides.
• No debutant at the World Cup has lost all 3 games at a World Cup since Serbia and Togo did it in 2006.
• Tunisia haven’t won in 13 World Cup finals matches – a run going back to 1978.
• Tunisia have their worst defensive record at any World Cup finals – the most they had previously conceded was 6 in 2006.